Most of the world sees the Messiah as having been executed on Friday afternoon, put in the grave that evening, and then rising from the dead on Sunday morning. This is simply not true, and does not match what Yeshua said would happen, nor what is recorded.
Yeshua prophesied twice concerning His time in the grave, at least according to what is recorded in scripture:
“For as Yonah was in the great fish’s belly three days and three nights, so Ben HaAdam will be in the heart of the earth, three days and three nights.” Matt 12:40
“Then He began to teach them that Ben HaAdam would have to suffer a great deal and be rejected by the elders and the chief Kohanim and the Sofrim, and be killed, and rise again on the third day.” Mar 8:31
A good Jewish person knows that a prophet must predict what comes to pass, and that it must come to pass as the prophet spoke, or he was not to be feared as a prophet. Yeshua was RIGHT, and they DID fear Him, before AND after His execution!
But, our Jewish people were already walking in error. The Pharisees held and still hold their Pesakh Seders on the 15th evening of the first month, “Nisan”. The scriptures instruct us to have our Seders on the 14th evening, which is what Yeshua did. He was arrested that night, tried, convicted and executed on Wednesday morning/afternoon, and put in the grave at sundown that evening. He was thus in the grave the THREE DAYS and THREE NIGHTS that He predicted, Wed night, Thur night, Fri night, Thur day, Fri day, and Sat day. He arose after sundown on SATURDAY NIGHT. Here are the scriptures that tell us this:
“In the evening of the Shabbat, when the first of the week began, there came Miryam of Magdala and the other Miryam, to see the tomb.” Mat 28:1
“And when Shabbat had ended, Miryam of Magdala and Miryam the mother of Ya’akov and Salome bought spices, that they might come and anoint Him.” Mar 15:1
“And at the beginning of the week, before dawn, while it was still dark, they came to the tomb and brought the spices which they had prepared; and there were with them other women.” Luk 24:1
“At the beginning of the week, very early while it was still dark, Miryam of Magdala came to the tomb; and she saw that the stone was removed from the tomb.” Jo 20:1
Each of these scriptures show that Yeshua rose from the dead LATE SATURDAY NIGHT, as they all arrived BEFORE morning and He had ALREADY been out of the grave.
The notion that Yeshua died late on Friday afternoon and spent ‘three days and three nights’ in the grave from Friday night to Sunday morning is preposterous. I have heard people’s feeble excuses and horrible counting methods to try to justify the tradition of men. If Yeshua did not fulfill His own words, then He is not Messiah.
YESHUA ALSO clears up the argument about the timing of the First Omer, the First of the Firstfruits:
you shall bring the Omer Reishit of your [barley] harvest unto the kohen. 11And he shall wave the omer before יהוה , to be accepted for you; on the morrow after the Shabbat the kohen shall wave it. מִמָּחֳרַת הַשַּׁבָּת
the ONLY reason Pesakh Shevah is on Shabbat this year, is because Pesakh fell on Sat night…
This SEVENTH DAY is NOT CALLED a Shabbat!
8And you shall bring a karban of fire unto יהוה seven days; in the seventh day is a Mikra Kodesh; you shall do no manner of regular work’.”
The Omer is timed ON הַשַּׁבָּת
The ONLY “HIGH SABBATH” ACTUALLY called a Sabbath by SCRIPTURE is Yom Kippur!
Yeshua IS the FIRST OMER,
וַהֲבֵאתֶם אֶת עֹמֶר רֵאשִׁית
וְהֵנִיף אֶת הָעֹמֶר לִפְנֵי יהוה
Yeshua appeared BEFORE יהוה and WAS the WAIVE SHEAF OFFERING on the FIRST DAY of the week, the day after Shabbat Matzot!
The Pharisees not only celebrate/d Pesakh wrong, having their Seder on the 15th, but they had ALSO MOVED the first Omer to the day after THEIR “High Sabbath”, which was WRONG….
THEIR High Sabbath was actually the SECOND DAY of the Pesakh week! Abba said that the 14th day is Pesakh AND the first day of eating Matzot, AND THUS a “MIKRA KODESH”, what LATER became a High Sabbath to the P’rushim.
In Yeshua’s week of suffering, they held their Seder on Wed night… the SECOND night of Pesakh week, and THAT was the beginning of THEIR ‘High Sabbath’ [NOT G-d’s prescribed Mikra Kodesh]. So, for them, that year, the Pharisee’s FIRST OMER was THURSDAY night to FRIDAY evening. Thus, they DID NOT WAIVE HIS FIRST OMER. THUS, THEY FURTHER DID NOT RECOGNIZE YESHUA, the FIRSTFRUITS from among the dead!
The Pharisee First Omer moves. The ACTUAL first Omer is ALWAYS on the FIRST DAY of the week, AFTER Shabbat Matzot, the REGULAR SABBATH of the Pesakh week, just as it was in Yeshua’s fulfillment of these prophetic days.